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 By Mary Koppes    News    September 25, 2014 

Senior sales tax changes dominate borough ballot

Petersburg voters will head to the polls Oct. 7 to weigh in on seven propositions, the majority of which would impose stricter limitations on the senior sales tax exemption currently in place. The current municipal code exempts individuals 65 years... Full story

 
 By Mary Koppes    News    September 25, 2014 

Making sisters out of strangers:

Long-time Petersburg residents Joey Doyle and Beth Richards were small-town strangers before an unlikely event brought them together last year. "I kind of knew who she was, but we had never really... Full story

 
 By Mary Koppes    News    September 25, 2014 

Death of local man brings two communities together

Petersburg resident Dennis D. Moore, 32, was found dead by an apparent gunshot wound in his Second Street apartment last Saturday afternoon. Police showed up to Moore's apartment in response to a 911...

 
 By Mary Koppes    News    September 25, 2014 

PIA's E-waste program recycles 15,000 pounds of local electronics

Petersburg Indian Association’s first-ever e-waste program sent 15,000 pounds – a full 40-foot shipping container – of electronics to Seattle to be recycled. The program ran June 30 to Aug. 30 and offered locals free disposal of unwanted...

 
 By Mary Koppes    News    September 25, 2014 

TAC members look at social impact of old-growth transition

The Tongass Advisory Committee (TAC) heard presentations from Forest Service and Department of Natural Resources (DNR) officials and discussed the challenges and opportunities associated with an impending transition to young-growth forest management...

 
 By Mary Koppes    News    September 25, 2014 

Steller sea lion decline: Pinniped expert presents recent research

Marine mammal expert Kate Wynne presented at Rainforest Festival in Petersburg Sept. 6 on a topic that affects all coastal Alaskan communities: sea lions and harbor seals. Wynne works with the Alaska...

 
 By Mary Koppes    News    September 25, 2014 

Early moose season numbers higher than average

Twenty-six moose were reported taken in the first week of the season that opened on Sept. 15. The numbers from the first week are higher than average. ADFG biologist Rich Lowell said that on average 21 moose are taken in the first week and last year...

 
 By Mary Koppes    About Town    September 25, 2014 

Home and Garden Edition, 2014

Just behind Rae C. Stedman Elementary School a large garden teeming with life offers students and community members a new classroom for learning. The School + Community Garden is comprised of a...

 
 By Mary Koppes    About Town    September 25, 2014 

Home and Garden Edition, 2014

The School + Community Garden that thrives behind the Rae C. Stedman Elementary School does so this year thanks in part to the first-ever Sprouts program. Five high-energy youngsters participated in...

 
 By Mary Koppes    About Town    September 25, 2014 

Home and Garden Edition, 2014

When Father Thomas Weise returned to his apartment at Saint Catherine of Siena Catholic Church after a trip to Wrangell last winter, he was greeted by a chilly sight. "I came home from Wrangell and...

 
 By Mary Koppes    About Town    September 25, 2014 

Home and Garden Edition, 2014

More Petersburg homes than ever will be warmed by heat pumps this winter. These appliances have been gaining popularity as rising crude oil prices in the past five years have motivated home and...

 
 By Mary Koppes    News    September 18, 2014

Kake power intertie features at SE Conference

A Kake-Petersburg Intertie (KPI) project update was given during this week's Southeast Conference held in Wrangell. The KPI includes a proposed electrical transmission line that would connect Kake to a SEAPA (Southeast Alaska Power Agency) substation... Full story

 
 By Mary Koppes    News    September 18, 2014

SE pink harvest higher than projected

Fishermen are ending this summer's pink salmon season 10 million over the projected harvest. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game's (ADFG) harvest forecast was 22 million pinks and fishermen hauled in 32 million. Sitka-based ADFG biologist Dan... Full story

 
 By Mary Koppes    News    September 18, 2014

September proves to be a big month for small business changes

While one Main Street business closed its doors this month, two other businesses celebrated a small-business merger of sorts just down the road. Main Street shoppers said goodbye to Brenda Norheim's...

 
 By Mary Koppes    News    September 18, 2014

PFD doubles last year's amount

The Permanent Fund Dividend (PFD) will be $1,884 this year, more than double last year's amount. According to a press release issued by Gov. Sean Parnell, 510,721 Alaskan's will have the funds deposited directly into their bank accounts and another...

 
 By Mary Koppes    News    September 18, 2014

State will fund SAT testing for all high school juniors

In their first regular board meeting since the school year kicked off, Petersburg school board members on Tuesday discussed new state-required college assessment testing, changes to the advanced placement (AP) grading scale at the high school, and...

 
 By Mary Koppes    News    September 11, 2014

SEAPA approves rebates, Whitman Lake agreement

At their regular board meeting last week in Ketchikan, Southeast Alaska Power Agency (SEAPA) approved rebates to member utilities, discussed the progress of the Swan Lake expansion project and approved the Whitman Lake True Up Agreement. “We did... Full story

 
 By Mary Koppes    News    September 11, 2014

Humane Association working to build stand-alone shelter

The Petersburg Humane Association (PHA) is doing a big push to raise funds for its first stand-alone animal shelter. The organization was established 15 years ago in Petersburg to shelter stray cats... Full story

 
 By Mary Koppes    News    September 11, 2014

H&W remodel makes way for more organics

The Hammer and Wikan grocery store is undergoing a remodel that will open up the front of the store and add more organic produce and natural and Asian food products. General Manager Larry Martin said... Full story

 
 By Mary Koppes    News    September 11, 2014

School officials advise parents on head lice, one case reported

A case of head lice was reported at the elementary school last week. “It is likely that this is an isolated incident,” Elementary School Principal Erica Kludt Painter said in a districtwide email. Kludt Painter asked parents to do their part to...

 
 By Mary Koppes    Sports    September 11, 2014

Volleyball Vikings keep Juneau-Douglas on their toes

Petersburg High School's volleyball girls continued to hone their skills against 4A Juneau-Douglas at home last Friday and Saturday. After losing two star varsity players from last year, Kylie...

 
 By mary koppes and Dan Rudy    News    September 11, 2014

Thomas Bay Power Commission reviews its role

Petersburg and Wrangell's representative of the Thomas Bay Power Commission (TBPC) met Tuesday morning via teleconference to discuss the commission's future role. The TPBC is the acting body for the Thomas Bay Power Authority (TBPA) that was...

 
 By Mary Koppes    News    September 4, 2014

Weaver indicted on two counts in explosives case

Mark Weaver, 59, was indicted by a Grand Jury in U.S. District Court on two counts of Possession of Unregistered Destructive Devices in conjunction with an explosion at the Petersburg rock quarry July 13. He was arrested Aug. 27 in Tacoma, Wash.... Full story

 
 By Mary Koppes    News    September 4, 2014

Runners make their mark at Petersburg's first half-marathon

Seventeen runners, including two teams of two, and four walkers participated in Petersburg's first ever Rainforest Run half marathon on Labor Day. The sounding of a conch shell marked the start of the... Full story

 
 By Mary Koppes    News    September 4, 2014

The ladies of Lee's Clothing look back on 45 years

Lee's Clothing has had a main street presence for decades. In fact, owner Roxy Lee and her daughters and store managers Cynthia Lee Mathisen and Heidi Lee are celebrating 45 years of business this... Full story

 

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